Love is in the air this week and so in the spirit of love and all things sweet (I hope you saw this morning’s Valentine’s wedding dessert ideas!), we’re sharing another DIY dessert recipe. We’ve got a fun and heart-warming way to add some love to just about anything! If you’re planning on having a winter wedding in the Washington DC area, these light and fluffy treats are perfect to use at a s’mores bar or as part of a hot cocoa wedding favor. I promise, they are so easy to make. In fact, this was the first time I made marshmallows and they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!
Homemade Heart Shaped French Vanilla Marshmallows
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nonstick baking spray
- Mini heart silicone mold
- Stand or hand mixer
- Candy thermometer
Prepare silicone heart mold by dusting bottom and sides with confectioners’ sugar.
In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl, pour gelatin over ½ cup cold water, and let stand to soften. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ½ cup of water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over low heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, while continually stirring. Increase heat to medium high and boil mixture, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240ºF on candy thermometer (about 8-10 minutes).
Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat. Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually pour sugar mixture down the side of the bowl over the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until mixture becomes thick, white and doubles in volume (10 to 15 minutes). Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.
When marshmallow batter is ready, pour into the prepared pan. This is where you’ll want to work quickly because the batter is very sticky and sets pretty quickly, too! Use a lightly oiled spatula to help spread evenly into molds.
Lightly dust the tops of marshmallows with confectioners’ sugar – this will help them to be soft and fluffy when removing. Allow marshmallows to sit (uncovered) for about 4 hours or overnight.
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